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Soft brakes due to chain reaction

A customer called me last month while he was on a ski vacation with his family. He had car troubles.

The customer told me that the brake pedal on his 2004 Toyota Sienna felt soft and was going to the floor.

Hyundai Sonata: Practicality over prestige

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The Hyundai Sonata offers a smooth ride, comfortable seats and good fit and finish. The 2.0T version sells for just under $36,000.

Even while many people believe that they must have a name-brand luxury sedan and a crossover SUV for family transportation, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata proves that a well-designed sedan can meet most needs of a practical family.

Buy the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T version that we tested, and you’ll get a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride, an adult-sized backseat and family-sized trunk. In addition, the Sonata offers a complete list of safety equipment still optional or not available on other new cars, all for a total price under $36,000. That’s enough to justify rethinking the brand anxiety that drives many car-buying decisions.

At 70, drivers must visit DMV for exams

Q: I just turned 70 years old and was required to visit a DMV office to renew my license. Is this a common practice?

A: Yes. When drivers turn 70, the DMV requires them to visit a DMV office to take written and vision tests. Senior drivers must take those exams every five years. The DMV understands the important connection between driving and independence and keeps this in mind during the evaluation. Growing older does not automatically make you a poor driver, but the reality is, at some point, all of us will face a decline in our physical, visual or mental abilities, which can impair our ability to drive safely.

When it comes to midsized SUVs, Ford has an 'Edge'

Courtesy of Ford
The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium FWD offers a nice combination of power, acceleration and economy for the price ($42,500).


In today’s world, the most practical car or truck to own is a midsized sport-utility vehicle. At least that’s our choice.

Some simple solutions to annoying auto problems

Last week I got a call from a new customer who had a mysterious noise coming from his 2002 330ci BMW.

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